Let your child drink at home: 27 months in jail:
Elisa Kelly did not want her teenage son, Ryan, or his friends to endanger their lives by drinking and driving. So she decided to let him have a 16th birthday party at home, where she would supply the beer, confiscate all the car keys and supervise a nightlong sleep-over.
Today she begins a 27-month jail sentence imposed by courts in Virginia – where drinking is banned for people under the age of 21 – for “contributing to the delinquency of minors”.
That’s reduced from the original sentence of 8 years in jail.
On the less serious end of crime, we have shoot your husband dead, 210 days in jail:
Knoxville native Mary Winkler will go to jail in connection with the killing of her minister husband.
A judge sentenced Winkler to three years of split confinement in connection with the shotgun slaying of her husband in March of 2006.
Of that, she’s been ordered to serve 210 days in jail.
But she apparently prays for her ex-husband’s family every day that they can find peace. That’s swell of her.
Respect for law and order continues to erode as society contemplates how serving liquor to teenagers is considered a far more serious offense than shooting someone in cold blood.